I had a good chat with newly signed forward Ryan MacInnis from St. Louis yesterday afternoon.
Of course, he follows in the footsteps of his dad Al and uncle Rob, both of whom skated at the Aud as junior players.
He touched on the lineage, pressure and thoughts on the OHL during the interview.
And while dad Al and mom Jackie were there for their son, Ryan made it clear that coming to Kitchener and leaving the US national development team program was entirely his choice.
So, add one more very intriguing piece to the Rangers' puzzle for the upcoming campaign.
GM Murray Hiebert called this year's camp the most competitive he's seen in 20 years. Lots of spots open, but lots of players vying for those jobs.
As a recap, here are the players en route to the Aud. Line combinations are not official, just slating players in trios and pairs as an idea.
Brent Pedersen-Radek Faksa-Justin Bailey
Ben Thomson/Eric Ming-Matia Marcantuoni-Josh Sterk
Darby Llewellyn-Curtis Meighan-Ryan MacInnis
Nick Magyar-Mike Davies-Scott Teskey
Others: Ty Learn, Kegan Blasby, Jacob Cascagnette, Mason Kohn, Mark Bzowey, James Mense-Dietrich, Jim Soper
Ben Fanelli-Evan McEneny
Max Iafrate-Jared Gilbert
Owen Stewart-Dmitrii Sergeev
Others: Frank Hora, Scott Pedersen, Jesse Young
Note, Sergeev still needs to be signed and is being held up in Russia while trying to get a visa. Ben Thomson may latch on in the AHL and not return.